Natasha Purnell - Costume Designer
Stefani Delišimunovic - Choreographer
Phay Moores - Intimacy Coach
Mariska Klunder - Sound Technician
Shawn McGrory - Set Designer & Props Master
Brad Hendy - Producer
Amy Dhanjal - Media & Communications
Madison McArthur - Vocal Coach
Ron Williams - Lighting Technician
David Sandquist - Set Painter
Maxwell Cowan - Stage Manager
Liam Nimmo - Front of House Supervisor
Belle is thrilled to be back on stage again for the first time in six years! During her acting hiatus she spent time writing and directing plays as well as practicing her technical theatre skills. Belle has received her Bachelor of Arts and will soon complete her Bachelor of Education at SFU and begin her career as a teacher. Belle wants to thank her family, friends, and mentors for all their support, and thank the audience and everyone involved in M4M for making this show possible!
Dayna has been involved in Bard in the Valley since
2014 and is so excited to finally return to the stage after a plague-imposed sabbatical. She is thankful to work with such a fun, kind, talented and inspiring team and is particularly pleased to share the stage again with Dylan who she originally met at an audition. She would like to especially thank their babysitting team for supporting them in “living the dream”.
Dylan is delighted to return once again to the Bard in the Valley stage for the fifth time. He is thrilled and excited for the challenge of playing a role so very different from the one he played last summer in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). When not on stage, Dylan teaches high school in the Langley School District, where he includes references to Shakespeare in as many of his lessons as possible. Dylan is grateful to the crew who have worked so very hard to bring this production of Measure to the stage (only two years late) and for all of the energy and planning that it takes to bring a show like this on the road to multiple venues. Those who have lent their time for babysitting have made this project possible for he and Dayna to tackle together, and it has been such a thrill for him to share scenes on stage with her again. Dylan has loved watching the performances of this all-star cast in rehearsal, and he can’t wait for you all to enjoy this ensemble’s hard work!
Heather is excited to be in back in action after a brief hiatus. Last acting in the Director’s Showcase at UFV Theatre, she is currently taking classes with Deb Podowski in Vancouver. She has enjoyed every moment of her time with the cast and crew bringing this story to life, and looks forward to sharing it with you all.
"After two long years, Thomas is excited to finally fulfill the promise of being in his first production with Bard in the Valley! His Shakespeare credits date all the way back to university, where he was in productions of The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream. More recent acting credits include Clue at TIC and a host of online shows done during the pandemic. He thanks Emily and the rest of the BIV team for this opportunity, and Leah for all her support."
Braedon recently graduated from the School of Arts Media and Culture's (SAMC) BFA in Acting program. In the last four years, he got to experience a wide array of theatre creation through acting, writing, directing, devising, singing, and so much more. As well as being involved in a show each semester during his undergrad, Braedon also was involved with another community Shakespeare show during his time at SAMC: Gallery 7's A Midsummer night s Dream. This is Braedon's first time taking the stage in Langley, and he is so excited to be working with Bard in the Valley this summer putting on Measure for Measure. Braedon wants to thank his close friends and family for always supporting him in all he does.
Lucas is a theatre Graduate from Trinity Western University. Born and raised in Kelowna, Lucas has been acting since he was nine when he fell in love with Shakespeare. Previous roles include Martin Marcus from Ruby Sunrise, Multiple Characters from The Comedy of Errors, Robert from Jane Eyre: The Musical, and Sir Charles Brandon from Smash; all at the School of Arts, Media, and Culture and TWU.
"Mary Jane Arden is beyond excited to work with Bard in the Valley for the first time. An avid lover of the stage, M4M is one of her dream Shakespeare shows to be in. M.J. knew she wanted to be a performer before she even learned who Shakespeare was, and has been studying to be an actor for as long as she can remember. M.J. wants to thank the cast and crew working to make M4M happen, she can't imagine it any better!"
Shawn is the OG and the Goat of BIV
Years ago a friend and I were discussing Shakespeare (as theatre kids do) and I mentioned that while I have many shows that I love, I didn’t have any that I felt a strong passion to ever direct. In that discussion my friend said her favourite Shakespeare play is Measure for Measure, but no one ever puts it on. Having never heard of the show, I went home and read it. Not only did I love the material, but it was the first time I really felt like this was something I wanted to pursue directing. I could picture it more viscerally than other plays that I’ve read.
A vision for the show and how I wanted to approach it began to form. An unexpected bonus of the past few years is that I was given more time to think on the script and make edits and changes.
Measure for Measure, while written in the seventeenth century, still has very relevant themes including justice, morality, sin vs virtue, as well as power and its use. Some of these elements are unfortunately still very relevant in today's society.
My hope is that this show can foster conversations. I hope you laugh, and I hope it makes you think. A timeless story about struggles that come with living in the world and navigating its rules, changes, and other people. This show has been a labour of love and patience since it was chosen in the summer of 2019. I have been blessed with an amazing team of creatives both on and off stage who have worked incredibly hard to bring it to the stage. It has been amazing to see everyone's ideas and interpretations and watching it all come together into the show you will see.
Liam is very excited to be coming back to Bard In The Valley for a second year! This time as our Front of House. He is currently enrolled in Vancouver Acting School and has a burning passion for Shakespeare. Liam loves to contribute to the arts in any way he can and looks forward to this year's production of “Measure for Measure”.
“Mariska is eager to be a part of this amazing production and happy to expand their responsibilities and skills surrounding theatre production. Being a volunteer in 2021's production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), they had found their place within BIV and couldn't be happier to be returning. Mariska has a love for acting and has been heavily involved in their high school productions before graduation this year. They are delighted to work with this year's cast and crew to bring the audience an amazing show!”
Brad is actively looking for someone to take one of the many roles he has. Brad joined BIV in November of 2019. Brad works on everything behind the scenes. From major acquisitions, grants and sponsorships, e-commerce and website. Even ordering fences and chairs.
Maddy is the pres. She Joined BIV in 2013. Maddy is considered an OG
Stef is excited to be choreographing for this years show! As a graduate from Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, she is happy to be back doing what she loves most, performing! Her favourite credits include: Ensemble/Choreographer (Spamalot) Oolie/Donna (City of Angels) Hope (Urinetown), Anytime Annie (42nd Street), Virtue (Anything Goes) She would like to thank everyone who has encouraged her and supported her along the way. CHEERS !
Shawn has been involved in every BIV production since the conception
Amy is the newest addition to our BIV Production team. Amy has worked on major events and fundraisers and brings a unique set of skills to producing BIV productions
Ron is just coming off a cruise and might not appear like an over worked production crew member
David's help on the set painting has been amazing. He was able to get all the panels done over a few days of spring break.
Max is so excited to be joining the Bard in the Valley family this year with Measure for Measure! Max is currently attending York University for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, where he has been working in technical theatre. While Max has more experience being a performer, Max has learned a lot from his time with BIV and is so grateful for the opportunity to work on Measure for Measure! Thanks to this awesome cast and crew for making this a great experience!